The minute a pit bull puppy nips at someone’s ankles, it makes headlines about the pit bull being a ‘dangerous breed’. But pit bulls aren’t always the aggressors. Sometimes, they’re the hero.
One Florida girl can tell you that her pit bull didn’t attack her, but came to her rescue. Remayah Hernandez, age 5, was attacked by the neighbor’s Labrador while riding her bike. Reports say she tried to pet the dog and it attacked.
The Lab bit her in the face. That’s when Trigger, the Hernandez family’s pit bull, came to the rescue. Trigger jumped a fence and fought the Lab to defend Remayah. The Lab was killed in the fight.
“He bit me in the face, and I went to the hospital because I got bitten by the lips,” Remayah said of the Lab attack. Her face is badly scarred around the lip, eye and cheek, and she will need plastic surgery.
“To me, he’s like a hero. He’s a protective dog,” Remayah’s mother, Lucila, said. She feels she owes her daughter’s life to Trigger. “We taught him to be protective and caring for the family.”
The Lab owner says he’s worried about the little girl, but thinks his dog was innocent. “He was just a great dog, he was a very nice dog,” said Nehemias Gaspar.
“This would never have happened to her if he would have just kept his dog where he belongs, in the house or tied up,” said Lucila.
While the death of a dog is always sad, Trigger comes out an unlikely hero; he shows that his breed isn’t all bad.